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Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck

Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery removes extra skin and tissue from your abdomen and restores muscle integrity to create a flatter stomach area. After surgery, your tummy will be firmer and your clothes may fit you in a more flattering way.

Tummy tuck surgery may be right for you if:

  • Pregnancy has left you with excess skin and abdominal muscle separation, or disastatis recti.
  • Your stomach are has expanded as a natural consequence of the ageing process.
  • You want to shed excess skin after weight loss.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Before your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon to go over the procedure and discuss your desired results. During surgery, you’ll be put under general anaesthetic and your surgeon will make an incision horizontally across the lowest part of your abdomen. Sometimes, a second circular incision is made around your belly button, which is often repositioned as part of the abdominoplasty procedure. Your surgeon then removes excess skin and draws the remaining skin tight, carefully suturing it in place.

Step 1

The Surgeon will carefully remove a small section of excess skin from each breast to lift the bustline and will also reposition the nipple.

Step 2

After the operation, the scars will be in the positions shown and will fade with time. The stomach will, of course, be significantly flatter immediately after surgery.

The Recovery Process

After a tummy tuck, most patients wear a compression garment or bandage to help reduce swelling. Sometimes, small drains are left in place for a while to draw away excess fluid as you heal. You will need to take some time off work to recover, and your surgeon will give you specific instructions to help you bounce back swiftly.

Important Questions About Abdominoplasty

Is Abdominoplasty a good way to lose weight?

Diet and exercise are the best means of removing unwanted fat. However, an abdominoplasty can be a solution to eliminating unwanted, unsightly excess skin that is caused by weight loss and tightening a “tummy bulge” that is resistant to exercise.

Will I have any scars after my tummy tuck surgery?

Yes. An incision is generally made from one hip to the other along the bikini line, which could later be camouflaged by underwear. The scar for an abdominoplasty is usually placed across the lower abdomen. It can stretch from one side to the other depending on the size of the stomach. All surgery results in some sort of scar and all scars take time to soften and fade. You will not see the final appearance of your scar for up to a year after surgery.

Is there anything I can do to reduce scarring or bruising?

For the first day or two after an abdominoplasty most doctors recommend that you have as much rest as possible. Some patients feel that applying vitamin E or aloe vera to the scar may help. If you apply these creams do not rub the scar for about six weeks because you can damage the fragile new tissue. If you have tapes or stitches in place, do not use any cream or lotion unless instructed.

You should also wear the appropriate post-surgical compression garment, which will aid healing. The specialist 3-panel abdominal binder is available in our online shop with 10% saving, or can be purchased at Dolan Park Hospital, where your surgery will take place or at selected clinics.

The three panels of the binder apply the correct pressure to the abdominal region, which aids final result . This stops fluid from building up, it prevents swelling and reduces bleeding. The binder is fastened with Velcro to allow easy adjustment of binder. Tummy Tuck Patients need to wear this binder for 6 weeks. Larger abdominoplasty procedures may have to wear a binder AND a girdle. You will be discharged in one of these post surgery, however due to the length of time the garment needs to be worn patients often feel that is better to replace the garment.

Can men benefit from abdominoplasty?

Yes, there are now many men that are also taking advantage of abdominoplasty for treating a large stomach.

Free After Care

All cosmetic procedures receive free aftercare!

Following a cosmetic surgery procedure; our patients’ can rest with ease knowing they will receive free aftercare which includes the continued support from their patient care coordinator, unlimited access to an experienced member of the nursing team and periodic reviews from their Surgeon. We have an experienced senior nurse on-call out of hours to support our patients so they can reach someone 24/7. In the unlikely event it is needed, we have additional hospital stays available and can accommodate patients should there be an emergency. Our patients receive surgical coverage for 12 Months.

Remember, many of our staff have undergone similar procedures themselves and enjoy the opportunity to answer questions and discuss their personal journey. Come meet our team.

Procedure

Tummy Tuck

Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery removes extra skin and tissue from your abdomen and restores muscle integrity to create a flatter stomach area. After surgery, your tummy will be firmer and your clothes may fit you in a more flattering way.

Tummy tuck surgery may be right for you if:

  • Pregnancy has left you with excess skin and abdominal muscle separation, or disastatis recti.
  • Your stomach are has expanded as a natural consequence of the ageing process.
  • You want to shed excess skin after weight loss.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Before your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon to go over the procedure and discuss your desired results. During surgery, you’ll be put under general anaesthetic and your surgeon will make an incision horizontally across the lowest part of your abdomen. Sometimes, a second circular incision is made around your belly button, which is often repositioned as part of the abdominoplasty procedure. Your surgeon then removes excess skin and draws the remaining skin tight, carefully suturing it in place.

Step 1

The Surgeon will carefully remove a small section of excess skin from each breast to lift the bustline and will also reposition the nipple.

Step 2

After the operation, the scars will be in the positions shown and will fade with time. The stomach will, of course, be significantly flatter immediately after surgery.

The Recovery Process

After a tummy tuck, most patients wear a compression garment or bandage to help reduce swelling. Sometimes, small drains are left in place for a while to draw away excess fluid as you heal. You will need to take some time off work to recover, and your surgeon will give you specific instructions to help you bounce back swiftly.

FAQs

Important Questions About Abdominoplasty

Is Abdominoplasty a good way to lose weight?

Diet and exercise are the best means of removing unwanted fat. However, an abdominoplasty can be a solution to eliminating unwanted, unsightly excess skin that is caused by weight loss and tightening a “tummy bulge” that is resistant to exercise.

Will I have any scars after my tummy tuck surgery?

Yes. An incision is generally made from one hip to the other along the bikini line, which could later be camouflaged by underwear. The scar for an abdominoplasty is usually placed across the lower abdomen. It can stretch from one side to the other depending on the size of the stomach. All surgery results in some sort of scar and all scars take time to soften and fade. You will not see the final appearance of your scar for up to a year after surgery.

Is there anything I can do to reduce scarring or bruising?

For the first day or two after an abdominoplasty most doctors recommend that you have as much rest as possible. Some patients feel that applying vitamin E or aloe vera to the scar may help. If you apply these creams do not rub the scar for about six weeks because you can damage the fragile new tissue. If you have tapes or stitches in place, do not use any cream or lotion unless instructed.

You should also wear the appropriate post-surgical compression garment, which will aid healing. The specialist 3-panel abdominal binder is available in our online shop with 10% saving, or can be purchased at Dolan Park Hospital, where your surgery will take place or at selected clinics.

The three panels of the binder apply the correct pressure to the abdominal region, which aids final result . This stops fluid from building up, it prevents swelling and reduces bleeding. The binder is fastened with Velcro to allow easy adjustment of binder. Tummy Tuck Patients need to wear this binder for 6 weeks. Larger abdominoplasty procedures may have to wear a binder AND a girdle. You will be discharged in one of these post surgery, however due to the length of time the garment needs to be worn patients often feel that is better to replace the garment.

Can men benefit from abdominoplasty?

Yes, there are now many men that are also taking advantage of abdominoplasty for treating a large stomach.

Free After Care

Free After Care

All cosmetic procedures receive free aftercare!

Following a cosmetic surgery procedure; our patients’ can rest with ease knowing they will receive free aftercare which includes the continued support from their patient care coordinator, unlimited access to an experienced member of the nursing team and periodic reviews from their Surgeon. We have an experienced senior nurse on-call out of hours to support our patients so they can reach someone 24/7. In the unlikely event it is needed, we have additional hospital stays available and can accommodate patients should there be an emergency. Our patients receive surgical coverage for 12 Months.

Remember, many of our staff have undergone similar procedures themselves and enjoy the opportunity to answer questions and discuss their personal journey. Come meet our team.